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their peers and see how this is working. i concur with both of you, and the prior caller from maine in the southern part of the state in particular we have had great a pediatrician and her staff associate there have been highly some what of a going out to schools -- highly supportive of going out to schools in providing assistance. it is great to see. host: he is the undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services. thanks for your time and information this morning. guest: happy to be here. host: we will see you tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. eastern time for another edition of "washington journal"." have a great day. we will see you tomorrow.
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>> on this monday morning and as the house returns from their weeklong break progress in a key piece of legislation in a rare display of bipartisanship. house leaders are pursuing a deal to permanently change the way medicare pays doctors and to exchange extend the health program for two years. you could be introduced as soon as this week. both john boehner and nancy pelosi are personally involved to the point that pelosi reached out to harry reid in recent days. the house returns today at noon eastern with legislative work starting at 2:00 p.m. including a measure to fund, care centers.
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later this week, they are affected to take a bit resolution disapproving in in -- live coverage of the house here on c-span. the senate gathering at 3:00 p.m. eastern today. depending on the outcome, it is possible senators could begin a debate this week on the nomination of loretta lynch to be the next attorney general. mitch mcconnell has set her nomination will only come up after the senate moves forward with the human trafficking bill. c-span2 has live senate coverage. looking at other live programming on c-span3 today hearing on the problem of inaccurate social security records resulting in improper payments to deceased persons or withholding of money from people who are wrongly listed as debt. that will be live at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. live at six ago p.m., transportation secretary anthony
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foxx will be talking about the future of the nations transportation infrastructure. he is expect it to highlight a 30 year plan to restructure roads, highways, bridges, air and railways and how all of this place out a role in u.s. competitiveness abroad. tonight on the communicators fcc commissioner on the recent net neutrality ruling communist city broadband, and the subsidized home and broadband program. >> what i am proposing we do is overhaul the lifeline program. make it concurrent and in sync with the information age. challenge those providers to give more to their consumers. prices and opportunities have been more explicit for the rest of us and it should be for our lifelike consumers. that has been the number one problem we have been seeing with
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not so positive headlines. it is a vulnerability in the system. >> tonight at 8:00 eastern on the communicators on c-span2. wisconsin governor scott walker traveled to new hampshire saturday to deliver remarks to supporters in concord. he discussed a range of issues including job, the economy education, and the threat of isis to the united states. gov. walker: thanks. it is great to be back. thank you what an honor to be here today. thank you. we have been around the state for the last few days. before that, i got a chance to sit down with jennifer horn and
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get to know her and know her love for this party and the state and country. we were at the committee meeting earlier in the year. grew up down the road from me. paul ryan grew up from me down the road in the other direction. must've been something in the water. paul and i both flipped hamburgers as kids at mcdonald's. our first job was washing dishes and i moved up to flipping hamburgers. the only difference was i was in a small town and he was in jim's bill. paul's manager told him he had to flip hamburgers in the back because he did not have the interpersonal skills to work the front cash register. true story. i think about being here in this state and being joined today. my wife is with us as well today. [applause]
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gov. walker we have two sons. they are 20 and 19 and both in college. matthew was just a statewide chair. we are thrilled as we go around the country and see people who know your kids, it is fun. we are proud of matt and alex. they have twisted our arms to figure out a way to take part of a semester off next year and come to new hampshire and around the country and talk to young people like themselves. they are proud of the fact that our state, when i was the number one target in the country, one of the network exit polls showed among 18-23-year-old, we went 49%. we got the message out. [applause] gov. walker: i want to say how much i appreciate all of you
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that helped us out over the last couple of years. back in 2010, i was target number one in the rico election. so many people across this country and in new hampshire and elsewhere reached out and made a $20 or $25 donation. a lot of people at home when online inmate phone calls for us. a lot of people said they prayed for us. even with 100,000 protesters and the death threats, the folks reached out and lent their support and that meant the world. thank you for all of you here who did the along the way. when we had the protesters, time magazine had a headline that said dead men walker -- dead man walker. they didn't think i would get past the rico and let alone get reelected.
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we knew our reforms would work, we just needed time to prove it. our polls were so bad in the spring of 2011 that they thought there was no way we could win. two things happened. by that fall, when our kids and all the other kids were to public schools the schools that use our reforms found their schools were the same or better. in december, after a dozen of years of property taxes going up, they went down in our state. i am proud to say today and my stay, property taxes are lower than they were four years ago when i started. how about that for a turnaround? [applause] gov. walker: we knew that would make a difference. sure enough people do not have to see the ads attacking us they didn't have to believe the protesters, they could see for
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themselves that the reforms were working and the tides started to change. by june of 2012, we won the election. we won it with more action votes cast then we had in november of 2010. that shows that results matter, right? [applause] gov. walker: the reason i tell you that is because i look at america today and i have a lot of the same worries antoinette and i had when we first thought about running for governor. in 2009, we sat down and talked about it and thought about and prayed about getting in the race for governor. we knew it would be tough. we haven't carried the state for republicans since 1984. that was when i was in high school and had a full head of hair. when i think back to those days we knew it would be tough in our state, but we knew we had to. we were worried for our sons
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that they would grow up in a state that was not as great as the state we grew up in. as a parent, that is unacceptable. we won the election. it was all the better. all the other sons and daughters who had yet to be born, we knew it was worth standing up and fighting for. just like the book that was held up here a moment ago, the book is called and intimidated because we knew the tactics they were using. they seek to intimidate. instead of intimidating as it reminded us exactly who elected us and the job the elected us to do. from that point forward, we never lost focus. that is what we need more of in america today. [applause]
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gov. walker: today, as much as i am proud of the changes we made in our state, i am proud of the fact that my sons and their generation, i can say that the state is better than it was four years ago but it was as good or better as when i was growing up. that was my goal. i wanted my kids to grow up in a better ice than we did -- a better place than we did. [applause] gov. walker: as a parent, i am worried for our country. i am worried about my sons and your sons and daughters and our nieces and nephews and grandsons and granddaughters. i am worried we are headed down the same path. i am an optimist. i am not just worried, i cap optimism that we put the right leadership in place in this country that we have done in my state where common sense leaders
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stood up and said we will change things and make them better and we will lead and we have. i believe we can do the same thing in america. let me give you three examples. when i look at this country, there is a clear contrast out there when it comes to growth. you listen to the president particularly when he gave his state of the union address, and i tried to listen to them. i hope for the best. i hear a president and many of his allies like hillary clinton and others that believe you grow the economy in washington. last year, that was a report that showed six of the top 10 wealthiest counties in america are not in new york or california or florida or texas. they are in and around washington. that says to me they think they grow the economy in washington. i believe in america, we believe the vast majority and the rest of us outside of washington --
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by the way washington is 68 square miles surrounded by reality -- he will create jobs. it is about time we help the people. [applause] gov. walker: it is why i am proud of the fact that we have lowered the burden in our state. most of the states that have lowered on a plane and raising employment have done so but lowering the burden of hard-working taxpayers. some question my obsession with lowering taxes. the ask me why i am so obsessed with it. i said a simple way of explaining. antoinette and i celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary recently. [applause] gov. walker: she is probably
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amazed she hung with me for so long, but i made a critical mistake not long after we were married. i went to kohl's and bought something at the price it was marked at. i have been trained well and i know after many years of practice that if if i go to buy a shirt i get the insert with a scratch off and take it up to the register along with my credit card and then i take the mail order we get because we shop there a lot and sometimes it is 50% or 20% -- 15% or 20% and if we are really lucky we get 30% off. then we pull out the kohl's cash and lay it on the counter. next thing we know, they are paying me to buy that shirt.
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[applause] gov. walker: i was wearing a sweater yesterday. i stopped by kohl's and bought this sweater in the rock where it was 70% off and we paid one dollar for it with our kohl's cash. living the high life. how does a company like that make money? they make it off of volume. they can charge 2999 for that shirt and a few people can buy or they can lower the price and brought in the volume and the next thing you know all of us are buying things at a place like that. i call that the kohl's curve because that is like the taxpayer money. i can charge you a higher rate and a few of you can afford or i can lower the rates and have more people participate in the economy. that is way the way you feel the economy going forward. [applause] gov. walker: beyond this growth
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when he to repeal obama care and have an energy policy and doing all the things that fuel this economy going forward. in addition to growth is reform. this president and his allies tend to measure success and government by how many people are dependent on government. how many people are on medicaid and food stands and unemployment. we should measure success by the opposite. by how many people are no longer dependent on the government. [applause] gov. walker: we understand that true freedom and prosperity does not come from the mighty hand of the government it comes from empowering people to live their own lives and control their own destinies. if you remember nothing else, when i was a kid growing up in that small town, i don't ever remember one of my classmates saying to me someday when we grow up i want to become dependent on the government. nobody signed my yearbook dear
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scott, good luck becoming dependent on the government read somehow, that is acceptable in washington. i have met some amazing people who have come here from all over the world. some really amazing people. i wish my kids would hear their stories more often. the ones i have met with who have been successful small business owners today, they tell me the reason they came here was to not be dependent on the government but because america was one of the last places left in the world where it doesn't matter what class you were born into or what your parents did for a living. in america, you can be or do anything you want. the opportunity is equal to all of us but the outcome should be up to each and every one of us. [applause] gov. walker: i have to tell you that is something i learned a long time ago. my father was a preacher. my mom was a secretary part-time. my parents on one side were
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farmers. my mom did not have indoor plumbing until she went off to junior high. my grandfather on my dads side was a machinist for 40 years. i did not inherit family fortune. i got something more important. i got to believe that if you play work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to do anything and be anything you want. we need to restore that in america. [applause] gov. walker: i think one of the best ways we reform this federal government is by taking power out of washington and sending it back to the states. you send it back in big areas out there. [applause] gov. walker: that is the way government is more efficient and effective and more accountable to the hard-working taxpayers. the last thing i tell you beyond just growth and reform is something that is heavy on my heart these days. that is safety.
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safety. i don't call it national security, i call it safety. when you see those images of the jordanian who was born burned alive for the beheadings of people from around the world that makes me worry. not just for myself and my country but for my children and your children and anyone else who would dare to travel around this world. that is not right. what frustrates me is we have a president who draws a line in the sand and somehow allows people to cross it. the president calls isis the jv squad. because yemen a success story and he ran a place we can do business with his whose former secretary of state give russia a reset button. we need a commander in chief who stands up and says our biggest threat is radical islamic terrorism and we will do whatever it takes to weed out anywhere in the world. [applause] gov. walker: we need a president
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who will do whatever it takes. whatever it takes. who understands we have an ally in israel we should start acting like it. [applause] gov. walker: who understands the radical islamic terrorism is like a virus. if you don't take it out entirely, it is like a virus on your computer that will keep coming back. i don't know about all of you but i would rather take the fight to them than wait till it comes to us on american soil. [applause] gov. walker: i am worried about where this country is headed. i am worried about our position in the world. i am an optimist. i believe just as we have in the past, we will rise up to this occasion again. years ago, i mentioned i grew up in a small town in my family did not have money.
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i loved history and thought of our founders as superheroes. i never had a chance to go to washington or philadelphia owner your -- philadelphia or new york. not long after i was elected governor in 2011 we went to philadelphia for a governor's conference. we got up early in the morning and i wanted to go to independence hall. we went by the liberty bell. if you have been there, you know it is not big. i went there is someone who thought of our founders as superheroes and i thought i would be blown away. i got up there early in the morning and i looked at the tables and desk and chairs particularly the chair in the front where washington sat with the have rising sun. i thought these are just like the chairs and desks to in today, they are just a little older. it dawned on me that these were ordinary people.
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these were ordinary people who did something extraordinary. these were people that did not just risk their political careers, these are people that did not just risk their business ventures, these were patriots who risked their lives for the futures we hold dear today. moments like that are amazing to me because they restored to me the believe in the american spirit. it reminds me that not just in those moments, but all throughout our history, in moments of crisis, be it marilyn military or physical, what has made us the greatest country in the history of the world, has been in moments of crisis like that that there have been men and women of courage who have been willing to stand up and think more about the future of their children and their grandchildren than they thought of their own political futures. i tell you today, let this be one of those moments in history.
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let this be a time in history when we can look back until future generations what we did to make america great again. thank you for the chance to come out. god bless you. we will be back many more times in new hampshire. [applause] >> i think they like what you said. the governor will stay and take a couple of questions. we will start out with me making a quick announcement. something no one else knows. the next announcement we will make for the primary summit unable april 17 and 18, we want to see you there and governor walker be joining us for that as
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well. [applause] >> we have some folks with microphones in the audience. jim has his hand up right here. >> board of directors of the gunners of new hampshire have asked me to give you this hat. we hope you wear the hat often and keep up the good work. i also have a question. [applause] >> i have to say it looks great. looks great. i am also president of the new hampshire state council of the and him veterans, so i follow military developments closely. i understand that you are more than a little receptive to the idea that we might be going back
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to the middle east. i am wondering what your objective in the middle east would be. what they walker administration's grand strategy to achieve that objective would be, and how that will differ from the last two presidents' counterproductive efforts in my opinion. gov. walker: first off, thank you for your service. we can never say it enough, particularly for our vietnam veterans. [applause] gov. walker: i think you can appreciate this as much as anyone else here. no matter who the commander in chief the future, any time the commander in chief makes a decision that will ultimately involve american men or women being called in harms way, we need to have a clear mission and we need to follow through on that mission. [applause] gov. walker: the caveat here and i want to be clear is that should we choose to get into this race and should we be
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blessed to earn the votes of people here in new hampshire and around the country, one of the things i would take most seriously is not just being president of being commander-in-chief. i have to tell you i am not a big bracelet person, but i have three bracelets on my arm that come from my family. as i think about a question like that, i think about the fact that personally, i don't ever want to go to a funeral like that again. i also know for those sons and the sons and daughters they represent across the country, i want to make sure i can look those families in the eye and say there sons and daughters did not die in vain and that we will live up to the mighty goals that led them into serving our country in the first place. to me, i look at what i believe as not defined by some in our
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political discourse today and that is i think our nearest threat right now is radical islamic terrorism. i see it embodied right now in syria and libya but growing elsewhere around the world. i believe fundamentally when you listen to the leaders of organizations like isis and others like them, it is clear what their intent is. it is not to stay in the middle east. it is to come back to american soil and cause harm against americans because that is their identified threat. my belief is just like a virus any computer, we need to go to whatever length is required to make sure we eradicate radical islamic terrorism before it washes up. i don't believe that me to automatically go with ground troops. unlike this president, i will not signal to our enemies how far we will go. [applause] gov. walker: i think that is a problem. even his former secretary of defense said that is a mistake because they will wait you out.
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we should not be doing it alone. first and foremost, you have to consult with the congress. you need to listen to those who advise you, not just the joint chiefs but the generals in the field to get a real feel of what is going on. we need to branch out and reaffirm our allies. israel is a prime ally, but also working with united kingdom germany, japan, australia, canada, and others out there. i believe increasingly in light of what has happened in the last seven that there are partners in the coalition we can draw on from the arab world like jordan and egypt because of what has happened to their own citizens out there. we can have a true coalition force. we have to take action depending what is appropriately designed. i am not proposing to engage full scale boots on the ground but i am not taking the off the table because i think when need to be clear what our objective is. our objective has to be a
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generational act to make sure we eradicate radical islamic terrorism before it comes to our shores. [applause] >> you had mentioned earlier about taking -- away from the federal government and moving it to the states. i am interested in moving power from the government and giving it to parents and people who pay taxes to the local schools. i have a two-part question on education. can you please tell us what you have done in your state to eradicate common core that is causing havoc in our schools right now. that is the first question. the second question has to do with the reauthorization of no child jeb b. can you tell us what your
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thoughts are and would you reauthorize something we all know is a failure? gov. walker: when i talked about the growth reform and safety, i believe we need to move whole skill portions of the federal government back to the states or in some cases back to local governments education like education which will hold them more accountable to everyday taxpayers. that every level of government is perfect, but it gets you closer. for medicaid and transportation, i would move those to the states. transportation, i would move that all the way back to the school. i tell people to take a dollar out of your wallet or purse and ask yourself where would you rather have that spent? is a better spent sending it to washington where they skim the money of the top and put it in the bureaucracy and your school gets pennies on the dollar back.
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or is it better to keep the dollar in your school in the first place where school board members and teachers and parents and others actively involved can make a difference? that is something i say and i have said it many times before. we are better off in that regard. andin terms of no child left behind, i would rather have the money and authority go back to the local level. we are better off in that regard. [applause] gov. walker: on the other part on schools, i am all for high standards. i am proud to say that after our reforms -- internet and i had to kids in public schools -- antoinette and i had two kids in public schools. want to put the power back in taxpayers' hands.
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because of what we have done, we have no seniority or tenure. we can pay based on performance. [applause] gov. walker: that means our schools can put the best and brightest in our classrooms. the good news is our scores are better. a ct scores are better. i believe in high standards set at the local level. i don't want someone from outside my state or community telling me what high standards are. i want those to be set by people at the local of. in our state, we have a separate department of public instruction, which is independently elected. i don't have a cabinet position to say to the secretary of education to do this. i have to make those changes in the budget. the budget are present on february 23 are any legal requirement for any schools to abide by common core and it removes funding for the tests.
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[applause] gov. walker: the visor on this is perfect out here with the lights. i am proud to say i signed the law that made wisconsin the 49 stay in the country to have concealed carry as well as castle doctrine. i appreciate that as well. [applause] >> i want to thank you for what you're did in wisconsin. i think one of the biggest threats to this country is the debt an overreach
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of the federal government. they would not be able to overact their penalty because of the income tax. there is nothing we can do about it as long as they take our money. i was wondering about your alker: i have a propose that although it sounds tempting right now, particularly in this state. i think we have talked about lower rates. we looked at that. should i get into this race, that is something we will take on in the growth category. i will say two things. putting more money in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers is a much better way to grow the economy that the government's stimulus which has much lower rates of return. for your larger point about the
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size and scope of the federal government, that is part of the reason why transportation dollars in medicaid and other social service program's -- part of the challenge we have is we don't do a good job with the department of defense given the resources they need to protect us safely. we spend money and all these other areas. i would send the vast majority back to the state and local governments and ultimately to the taxpayers. the closer he gets of the people, the more you can hold your government accountable. you live it right here. [applause] >> the governor wants to have enough time to shake hands and say kind hello to all of you.
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i want to encourage all to come back to the next grassroots training. need you to come back through the year. go to and register for the summit. governor, see so much for coming to new hampshire -- thank you so much for coming to new hampshire. [applause]
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>> thank you governor. >> very nice meeting you. >> i really hope you win. >> thank you. >> i want to meet you because i know you will do great things for my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. deadlock.-- good luck. >> thank you. >> thank you very much mr.
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>> a wanted to say thank you for what you have done for my home state in my country and i look forward to seeing more. gov. walker: thank you. >> we have a strong reputation of keeping our word. the only issue out there is immigration. when he to listen to the people. who listen to -- we listen to people all across the country. that is an issue where we can
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listen to people. i have always given union workers the right to work years ago. >> what about abortion? >> i am pro-life. my position is consistent. >> when you think the difference is between changing your mind and flipping? >> if you listen to people and have a valid argument for what you have done and show what you have done, people want strong leaders. gov. walker: my position was about wisconsin and it was clear in terms of what we said. we want the standard phased out.
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>> time's website highlights governor walker's remarks in concord and talks about how he and jeb bush were playing social media one of his mention. jeb bush was in dover, new hampshire, friday. he spent time at the home of fergus cullen.
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mr. bush: good to meet you. i am headed that way.
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mr. bush: you have been on the
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school board? for how long? you're on it now? good for you. where do i look? >> thank you.
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>> we need one more. >> yes ma'am. [laughter] >> thank you, sir. >> one more.
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>> let's see if we can get this going now. >> you can see governor bush and asking questions. as best as possible, mr. cy ullen took the time to invite his friends and family and neighbors. this is his house. [laughter] >> we had to earn it.
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joined by his family, friends, neighbors to come here and you are welcome. do the cullen's a currency to go to the back of the room and let his friends and. please press to the back. friends, neighbors please. please, press to the back. folks, come forward. don't be shy. i know you are not shy, come up.
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>> may i have your attention please? mr. bush: thank you for being here. house parties are such an important part of the tradition of our primary here in new hampshire. candidates are potential candidates, and meet with voters one-on-one and small group settings and make their case and answer our questions. they rise or fall on their own own merits. we are especially honored to host governor bush on his first visit to new hampshire since the
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announcement he is thinking about maybe possibly running next year. [laughter] >> the fact that he wanted to do a house party is an important message about the kind of campaign he might run in new hampshire if he becomes a candidate. i have a couple of people i want to recognize. i ask you hold your applause until a little later. somewhere in here is the mayor of dover. a couple of our city counselors, kathy chaney and john o'connor are here. here is our mayor. hi mayor. i want to point out doris. she is in her eighth decade as an educator in the city of dover. she is serving in her 20th year. >> 22nd. >> 22nd year and she is a true marvel. [applause] >> i need to thank my wife jenny.
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[laughter] [applause] >> when we talked about hosting a house party and she agreed, i think she might have had something a little smaller and mind. -- in mind. [laughter] >> i want to recognize my mother and father in law. i am very lucky in my in-laws. i want to point out my mom and dad, who i think are over here. governor bush and i share something in common. we have a strong, tough mother's. if you haven't had a chance to meet my mom and dad, i hope you will make the opportunity tonight. four years ago in the last primary season, we had a lot of candidates running for president, but we did not have enough serious credible substantive candidates. and governor bush work to become
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a candidate, he is a one person into the for that problem. he has distinguished himself to our nation. i like the fact that he was a successful fiscally conservative two-term governor of a big and diverse state, florida. i appreciate the education reform was a signature issue for you. i appreciate that governor bush has been a leading voice on fixing and modernizing our broken immigration system in the way that welcomes the most talented and motivated people to come to our country. please join me in welcoming governor jeb bush. [applause] mr. bush: thanks so much for doing this. this is my inaugural voyage in a house party that looks like this. [applause] mr. bush: i am really honored. thank you for coming.
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it is friday night. i am sure there are a lot of other things you could be doing. i am humbled you would come and ask me questions and let me have it. i want to talk a little bit about myself because people know me as george's boy and barbara's boy and george w's brother. i am proud of that. when i was born in my little eyes opened, i was crying to get oxygen and i saw barbara bush there. i didn't know it at the time, but i won the lottery. i am blessed in so many ways. i have to share my heart into my life story a way that gives people ideas that will help them rise of. my life experience has been driven by my wife. i met her in mexico when i was 17 years old in an exchange program. actually from andover.
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i fell in love with her. head over heels in love. a give me direction and purpose and allowed me to marry her so i had to figure out how to make a living. it is hard to make the pitch without some wherewithal to do it. i worked all of my adult life without missing more than a week off. that experience has been part of my life. the other part is i have signed the front side of a paycheck. we need more people with experience in that endeavor, which is the heartbeat of our country in washington dc. we see this massive amount of oppressive rules on top of older rules that creates complexity that makes it harder and harder and harder for people to have a chance at a rising income. i was governor of the state of florida, which i recommend highly.
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i have two pieces of advice for young people interested in politics. run for governor. don't settle for something not nearly as interesting. run against a bad candidate because it is easier to win. [laughter] don't run against a guy that never lost. better to have a chance to win. when i was a candidate for governor in 1998, i had these views about education. the story has something to do with how we start fixing problems in washington. my views did not change much between 1994 and i to 98, but i -- and 1998, but i wanted to take the views and turn the system upside down so they could become more student-centered. i visited 250 schools. it was a spectacular experience. people saw me for who i was.
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i showed my heart and stood my ground as it related to my convictions and i learned a lot. i learned to share the need to reform our schools and a human context. in florida, we have led the nation in many categories in terms of rising student achievement, particularly kids in poverty. they are always left behind. there is always another excuse. we cannot for the anymore because our country is that florida is 56% majority. we have a growing number of people that are poor. it is fine because they have every chance to rise up if we get it right. i have had a chance to make changes as a governor. we greater the first statewide voucher program and an increase in charter we advanced literacy to make sure children, the gaps didn't start early.
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we hit it on all cylinders. whether it was school choice, or accountability, and florida did see big gains. we also build a better business climates. i cut taxes to the tune of $19 billion. we reduce the state government workforce by 13,000, we cut interests in our state, the trial bar, or the folks making a lot of money off of the worker's comp. system. we had 1.3 million net new jobs during my eight years. i didn't do it. i was part of the 13,000 decrease in jobs. that was the state government. the private sector did a lot better. we were the only state who went to aaa. we were frugal. government didn't grow faster than people's income. they called me veto corleone. maybe i called myself that. [laughter]
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we've vetoed something like 2500 separate line items in the budget to create discipline and focus on how the budget works. the legislature ultimately responded. my point is, you can be a conservative, you can do it with joy in your hearts, you don't have to be angry about this. do it in a way that draws people towards our cause and you can win in a purple state. in this country if you are going to his golf -- to solve problems, we have to win. we have to go out and reach out to people of every walk of life, not with a divisive message, one that is unified. everyone should have a chance to rise up. everybody should have the god-given skills to achieve our own success. if i get beyond the consideration of this, i believe this country is on a precipice of the greatest time to be alive. if we had a strategy of high sustained economic growth were -- where income begins to rise
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, nothing is going to stop this country. we should reflect on our greatness, not just our history, but our innovative spirit and ability to do things that defies the imagination of the rest of the world. we should be optimistic and begin to govern to solve these problems so everybody gets optimistic. if we do that, this is going to be a great time to be young. i would rather be your age than mine. [laughter] i appreciate you being here. i am happy to answer any questions. this is up close and personal. [laughter] yes? >> i appreciate your principled stance on common core. my question to you is, what is the biggest misconception of common core? governor bush: this is a federal takeover of education. i oppose that. the best way to disprove that is for the reauthorization of the no child left behind act in congress now. in that act, in the reauthorization, there is a
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provision that says the federal government should have nothing to do with standards. directly or indirectly. the federal government should have nothing to do with content, directly or indirectly. the federal government should have nothing to do with curriculum. directly or indirectly. common core standards -- [applause] governor bush: common core standards are higher standards than the standards of many states. as they have been embraced, some states don't want to have them, fine. they should just have higher standards. call them sunshine state standards. call them what you want. the simple fact is, we have dumbed down everything over a long time. this is not a new thing. as we have dumbed it down and have the politically correct curriculum on top of these lower standards, that effect is, we have 80% graduation rate in high school. that is pretty good. it has gotten better. a third of our kids are college or career ready. who is fooling whom? we are giving people a piece of paper that says you are a high
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school graduate. congratulations. but then they go to the community college and find out , sorry, you have to retake high school reading and high school math. who is fooling whom? are we going to be a great nation that has higher aspirations for people, or are we going to say it is someone else's fault, kids in poverty can't learn. too much bureaucracy. whatever it is, we should put away the excuses and recognize kids have the talent to do this. they have the talent. we have the teachers to do this. an element that is important is high standards. high standards matters a lot. i hate the poisonous environment that common core has brought because we ought to be focusing on higher standards, accurate assessments, robust accountability, school choice, ending social promotion, advancing the cause of rising student achievements, and that is my passion. i am all in on that. and i am not backing down
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because i have seen what happens when you do this, when you implement this. i have tire marks on my forehead doing this. [laughter] governor bush they can tell you : the stories of what it was like. it wasn't easy. the unions, i tried to find common ground. we couldn't. i was their poster child in the reelection. the campaign was about these bigger ideas. i fortunately won reelection but it is hard to get through these things. you have to stay the course and make it work. florida's gains are real. no one can deny them. we have these reforms that really work. thank you for asking that. >> you talk about iowa leading innovation and technology. which states are lacking? kansas? [inaudible] governor bush: i have been on a lot of business tours in my real life.
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former life? i don't know what i'm calling it. there's innovation across the board. agriculture in general doesn't get the recognition of how innovative and how technologically driven it is whether it is the biotechnology that allows for having crops grow in a drought resistant way, or the yield increase, farmers have increased their productivity tenfold since the 1950's. it is an amazing story. we think technology and it normally means this area around here, so the new -- southern new hampshire, massachusetts, all those places. but technology is across the board in every sector of the economy. there are great companies in florida. i feel compelled as a former governor to to my own horn.
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everywhere, there is this incredible stuff happening. i went to see the guys that run uber. i found it amazing that he pulled up his computer and showed me the uber cars running and showed me the people violating law at miami international airport. we have these laws that prohibits these type of activities. eventually those will go away. we're living in a world of opportunity and innovation. are our children going to be beneficiaries of this disruptive technology or they going to be overwhelmed by it? that is that a challenge for america. our system of government needs to be fixed so that we start building for what the future looks like so it is to our benefit, rather than our
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detriment. yes, ma'am. are your reporter? >> i am, sir. governor bush: >> later. [laughter] >> citizen of new hampshire. i am an online blogger. governor bush: we will get with you guys later. >> as president, how would you address ensuring our economic and climate security? governor bush: the question is , how would i help secure balance both? the role of the federal government needs to be narrowed to one specific field that only the federal government can do, which is basic research. the federal government should not have a venture capital arm inside the department of energy, picking winners and losers. that is a total loser. we saw how bad it was.
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that is not the role of government. to advance the cause of disruptive innovation in technology and energy in the long haul, just as we do with the nih for the discovery of drugs, there is a legitimate role for government in that regard. beyond that, we need to encourage the marketplace deciding what the energy needs for power plants is and how all the energy we need for anything. it works far better. the best example is the obvious one. a decade ago, 12 years ago natural gas prices were double-digit. the end was near. we had less than tenures of supply. a peer, there was an import facility being built to the tune of billions of dollars to bring an expensive liquefied natural gas to supply our natural gas needs in this country or in this region. those are abandoned.
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the three or four that were built are gone. guess what happened? a guy named george mitchell and a private company, through trial and error, took to existing technologies -- hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling, and created a revolution. we have gone from less than tenures of supply to now over 100 years of supply, and the price has gone double digits down to two dollars, three dollars. significantly lower than the equivalent for the price of oil. that is america at its best. america at its best's review pursue their dreams. some of them succeed, some of them don't. it creates opportunities for all of us. the oil sector, the oil and gas sector, has created enormous economic opportunity for this country, and will continue to do so and it also has another benefit, which is not only carbon reductions been reduced because of this, which it has, many countries in europe are actually flatlining and
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reduction in carbon. he an increase because natural gas is less co2 emissions. it also has created a national security opportunity for us. we could be energy secure within five years if we are serious about it and certainly within a decade with north american resources. canada, mexico, and the united states. we would have the lowest cost energy. we could re-industrialize the country to create middle-class jobs. it would also allow us to not have a heavy footprint around the world if we did not want to have it. then our foreign policy be based on our values and national security interests. it would also allow us to use natural gas and oil as a tool to deal with the instability in the instability in the world. i don't think we need a bunch of industrial planners telling us how to do this. i would rather have 100,000
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george mitchell's across the spectrum of life pursuing their dreams in the freest possible way, creating the kind of innovation that allows us to continue forward. limit government's power and let the marketplace work is probably the best approach. yes, ma'am? >> last summer we lost jim foley dices. to america, it was a wake-up call to the danger, islamic radicals. my limited understanding is that right now, because of obama, our border is far more wide-open than it has ever been. my question for you is, what would you do if you were elected president, but beyond that, two years ago -- two years as a long time to have that border wide-open. what can we do?
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governor bush: congress needs to pass a budget that card ties is spending more money on the border and prescribing as much as you can through the budget the strategy to be effective on that. secondly, there needs to be more money and a strategy on the part of this that should give you as much concern, which is that 40% of illegal immigrants come to this country with a legal visa, and then they don't leave. there needs to be a much better mechanism of when the visa expires either have it to be renewed in some fashion if it is appropriate or for the person to leave. that has to be the first priority. there is not a trust specifically with the obama administration, to do something else until people are serious about that. whether it is public health threats, not as serious as the national security threats, and the basic concept of the rule of
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law, this has to be a high priority for sure. then you can get to the broader issues of how you fix a broken immigration system, which makes it more economically driven. we have a system today where a percent of all legal immigrants come through ballot petitioning. it is noble, for sure, don't get me wrong. we have the broadest definition of what family is. like every country, we also have adult siblings and adult parents. then we put quotas by country. that result is, we don't have an immigration system that is strategic as it relates to the possibilities of economic growth. we have a noble immigration system that is legal, that's fine. but i think we should narrow it down to what every other country has come a spouse and minor children, and create the 500,001st round draft picks, if you will will stop the people that will create economic activity for all of us. you can't get there and to people are confident that the
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rule of law is being applied consistently and our borders are being enforced. governor, i'm a veteran and i also work at the v.a. medical center in manchester. last year, we heard about veterans not getting appropriate or proper medical care. what is your vision to ensure that veterans get proper health care and have the appointments? governor bush: do you have the same issue like in manchester? >> we have never had a secret waitlist or anything. governor bush: a secret waitlist? >> i'm not saying it is a perfect facility, but we get a lot of positive remarks. i'm talking nationwide as a whole. governor bush: it has been a serious problem. you know you have bipartisan support when you have john mccain and bernie sanders agreeing on a bill [laughter] governor bush: one of the few laws and bills that action turn
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into a long the last four to five years. it was an effort i think to begin the process of reform. i don't think it is the full coverings of reform that is necessary. one of the things that they did and you may not agree with this since you are working at the va hospital, but i think it is essential given the uniqueness and the need to customize the health care service for veterans because of their different needs. you have mental health challenges, long-term disability issues, you have issues of iraq and afghanistan are different than vietnam. all of that leads me to believe that we should empower veterans to make more of these decisions. where they have a chance to pick the place in the health care provider that they want. in this law that was passed last year, it allows -- i have to call it a voucher. i don't know it all to call it.
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to empower people to say, if you want tuesday, assuming it is veteran that lives here and you don't want to get a manchester but your health care provider you believe can provide the attention and the care you need, what would you have to travel to manchester so that your giving someone the chance to make the choice themselves. can go to the veterans hospital. no one is suggesting we shut down the v.a. system, but the simple fact is, the da doesn't look like it is made itself the ability -- give people a chance to go to private hospitals of necessary if they want to see their own doctor. this has to be a long-term commitment for sure. i don't think there's a big argument in terms of the budgeting. there's been dramatic increases in the budget. probably flatlined now. i totally agree the stands to be
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a high priority. >> i think whoever can get the most efficient and timely treatment, regardless of where they go. >> [indiscernible] >> any ideas about how to reduce costs in obamacare? governor bush: the obvious way to reduce utilization is that people be healthy. the system we have pre-obamacare and in obamacare is not a health care system, it is a sick care system, in effect. ultimately, i think we need to move to a plan that has hsa's,
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high deductible, lower premium coverage were the principal coverage is on catastrophic coverage. and where the rewards economically and every other way is toward preventing illness. it is not if you're in managed care sometimes you have services that are preventative and sometimes you don't, but dad economic accident to this, which is you get to keep the money and it rolls over cash-free so you're building up a nesting to deal with harder and more difficult and more costly health care needs, you're going to reduce the cost overall of the system. but i also think we need to have tort reform, whether -- look, in florida, we fought hard for this. it was not easy.
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i don't know how it is here. it is obviously the uncertainty of lawsuits creates a lot of medicine we don't need. there's a whole range of things i think we need to do. the insurance needs to be focused on moving back to hide adaptable, lower premium hsa attached plan. the other thing i would say this is pre-a stork. this is a couple and front of you. i can do my strides. i normally figure out after i wake up. these devices -- apple just announced their device this week. these devices are much more efficient then these pre-story thing. it will be able to wirelessly send messages to health care
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provider because you did not just the pill at the right time. 40% of all prescription drugs are taken the wrong way. the health care of that or norma's. at some point, we need to recognize the best system is one where each person is engaged in their own health care decisions. that is the american way. our health care costs have gone up, outcomes have been worse. technology gives us a chance to move back where we are more engaged in this. >> i was with my two brothers. i pulled what they wanted me to ask you. i have two questions. governor bush: why do we do to parts. >> the first one will be on the affordable care act. we want to know where you stand -- are you on a full repeal, or
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do you want to take it and fix what's broken? the second question, where do you stand on minimum wage? federal minimum wage? governor bush: i don't think we need to raise the minimum wage at the federal level. as it relates to the affordable care act, i would like to repeal and replace. i would like to repeal and replace. it may end up in the same place where some of your employees would want, where you have the pre-existing conditions of any plan. what is popular, it is a small number, but for young people to stay on their parents plans until their 26, i don't have an argument against that. i am not passionate one way or the other. there are things you can have in a new plan.
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the idea that the federal government, through these massive subsidies, is going to be -- and exchanges where there are all sorts of employer mandated services that increase the cost of insurance, if it is going to work over the long haul, i find it flawed to the core. what i describe is a better plan is the replacement plan. >> thank you. >> governor, i find the most chilling parts of the united states' future is our indebtedness. can you tell us the plan you have to control that indebtedness? governor bush: the debt is not a problem in the here and now of washington d.c. don't take that out of context. [laughter] governor bush: that is a comma. because we have lowered interest rates to zero and we have we have shortened the maturity of the doubling of the debt in six years.
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under the president, we have doubled the debt and shrunk the maturity so that something like 60% of all that comes due in 3 years. as you shrink the maturities there is no interest. the debt service today is lower than it was 12 years ago. it is kind of like passing the bottle of bourbon and giving the keys to the maserati to a 14-year-old. if there is no consequence there is no real effort to try to change this. what happens if interest rates go up after historic levels? debt service then, because all of these maturities are coming due, then you have to renew the debt if you can, interest rates will grow exponentially. it will crowd out all of the other things -- national security, veterans affairs infrastructure. , everything else will be squeezed out. first of all, we should
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restructure our debt to make it long-term rather than short-term. secondly, we ought to create a high-growth strategy above all else. the idea that we will grow at 2% per year over the next decade will make it harder and harder for us to truly service the debt. if we grew at 4%, which is historically where america has grown, and there are discrete, important things to make that work. more importantly, our regulatory system needs to be brought into the 21st century. our tax code is creating incentive for investment overseas. embracing the energy revolution. all of those things will help us grow at 4%. if you compound out the 2% difference, i did this once when i was stuck on the tarmac, i wasn't a big math guy, but take 1.02 times 18, in the 10th
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year, we would create an additional germany of additional activity. and an additional germany creates $1 trillion of revenue at the state, local, and federal level based on the current level of taxation. that is a far better idea than any exotic form of taxation barack obama would like to impose on us. high growth is the first step to dealing this fiscal, structural problem. and it is structural. well secondly, we have to go to sound budgeting practices. the federal reserve, because of the legislative environment, it provides the treasury something like $70 billion of profits. that is not revenue that will stick around. because of the size of their portfolio, there will be losses, and when those losses take place, it becomes part of the deficit.
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whether it is freddie and fannie, the loan processes, all of these things related to the federal reserve and accounting problems we have, it all benefits the government. let us be real about it. you will begin to see pressure for people to spend less, which is ultimately what we need to do. spending less will be a huge problem if we don't fix our entitlement problems. at the end of the day you can , talk about how efficient is, it is not, but the entitlements challenge is going overwhelm everything else. the emphasis we have today will pale by comparison to win we get fully into the baby boomers all been retired, receiving social security, and receiving medicare and expansion of our medicaid population, which is explosive for our debts. we have to deal with that issue
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while you're creating a high-growth strategy. thank you. >> governor, our foreign policy -- i'm not sure we have a foreign policy. governor bush: we do. [laughter] >> i would like you to expand on that. governor bush: it is one of disengagement, one that america's presence and power is not a force for good. i love reading books about history. if you take a quick pause in our own history, we have been a force for good consistently in the idea that we are not if you agree with me, this president has a different view, it is quite dangerous. as we pulled back, boys are filled. the two things that matter in a consistent foreign policy is that our friends know that we have their back. and that our enemies fear us a little bit.
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they don't let the fear is a lot, but just enough to know that the consequences if they behave in a way that is dangerous for the region of the world. right now, our friends, are consistent friends, don't believe america is reliable. name a country -- this is a test . i do this all the time. you're going first. [laughter] governor bush: name a country where the american relationship is better today than when barack obama came into office. >> hard to do. >> cuba. governor bush: congratulations. possibly iran. cuba. i don't know about north korea. miramar perhaps because of diplomatic relations syrups -- relationships. but not canada, absolutely not. not latin america. not israel. not egypt.
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not jordan, not turkey, not saudi arabia, not the entire middle east, not the african countries either. the simple fact is that disengagement creates so much uncertainty and doubt that people do not know where we stand. restoring america's presence in the world would be a powerful first step to creating a more secure world. we have to reengage in a way to deal with the threats that are amongst us, isis being one of those. russia now moving with great authority and aggressively into eastern europe and perhaps the baltics. challenging whether article five of nato is a viable treaty. people began to have doubts about that. the emergence of china aggressively pursuing their agenda in asia.
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all of these things are serious threats. then, instead of negotiating with iran to legitimize the regime, we should have kept the sanctions on and have been engaged in this way because they have come to the table. $45 a barrel for oil over a year in iran would have changed the dynamic. instead of negotiating downward or we are negotiating downward to a deal that will create permanency for the regime, we could've created a policy that would have weakened iran in their support of surrogates in the region and prohibited them from getting a nuclear bomb. >> thank you. governor bush yes, sir? :>> i would like your opinion on whether the house and senate should have fully funded homeland security without dealing with the president's illegal executive order in dealing with immigration. governor bush: i think you are correct. the president did not have authority in either case.
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he used this concept of prosecutorial discretion. which i read in tradition, by and large as saying that you take these case-by-case. there are a lot of unique cases in immigration. that was an authority given by the congress for the president to do it. he used it for 3 million people. i don't think he has the authority, nor does the federal judge. my guess is that this will ultimately be ruled unconstitutional. what my hope is, to be honest with you on this, to be clear, i congress needs to pass a budget and put the priorities -- conservative priorities on the table. and find consensus among republicans, first, because you have to do that, get the 50 votes to pass the budget. use the power of the budget, which has more power in terms of impacting policy than any other bill, pass a budget for crying aloud.
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this is like the fifth year we haven't had there are a lot of one. priorities that languish and -- things that shouldn't be done that continue because of the resolution approach. in that budget, there are ways you can show the opposition to the use of executive orders. i hope they fully fund the department of homeland security. to get your point, how else are we going to secure the border? this is the only way we can do it. there is a time for making a principled opposition to the president. and then there is a time to govern and lead. and republicans need to start showing that we can govern and lead. we can. i'm totally convinced that we can. this is our chance. the democrats have control of the congress. they had it for a long while. and no budget passed, a stimulus passed, beyond that no budget. we reached a crisis, and the
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budget is through the sequester rather than a normal , way of putting priorities on the table. i think we need to increase spending on defense and homeland security and reduce costs in other areas. maybe other members have a different view. but let the process work again that is what is missing. every state government sometimes ugly, sometimes clean, every state government, i believe, has a balanced budget requirement. every state government, at the end of the day, as crazy as it is, at the end of the day, those states pass a budget and its balance. washington needs to do the same thing. >> governor, i think you will have plenty more opportunities to take questions. i certainly hope that will be the case. thank you for being here tonight. you did a great job. [applause] >> thank you, ma'am. >> i'm going to tell my mom and
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this is a university that is competency-based. you master the materials and you move on. you get a lump sum payment.
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you take six courses and it cost like the same as if you take one. the whole incentive is to finish quicker, and do it in a way where you do it on your own time and at your own pace. because you have a real life. >> right. governor bush: one of the vegetarians who got pregnant and couldn't finish high school. she had a child. she started working. went back to community college got her degree, graduated from western governors university. thing got a masters. she told the story, she was working in this company making relatively low wages in the hr department. it was like a lightbulb moment. i'm gonna go backing to the masters.
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now she's getting an mba while she works. she is one of the leaders. she could've stayed a single mom living near the poverty level. instead, she is married and now has two other kids. the more we do that in higher education, i think we will be far better off. >> thank you. governor bush: keep teaching. thank you. [indiscernible] [chatter] governor bush: i was in manchester. at looks like there's a lot of refugees. how are you doing? you look like someone i know in fort myers. you are not related to -- are you?
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>> no. governor bush: we should take this picture. it is striking how much you look like her. just for the record, that is a good thing. thank you. i will send that to her. >> how are you governor? governor bush: i am doing well. >> they love you today. >> did you get it? thank you so much. [indiscernible] governor bush: it takes a little time. if you give me five minutes with anybody, i can at least show them i am not all the -- off the reservation. >> people to understand where
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you're coming from because they don't understand common core? governor bush: i'm not surprised that people would not understand where i am coming from. the common core, there's a lot of people -- >> you're giving people a different way to look at it. governor bush: throughout rosacea and gives the opportunity to take the federal government's role of the table. that would be very helpful. >> [indiscernible] governor bush: look this is how you get your nourishment. telling people what you think and what you believe. i get a lot of energy from people, learning from people. >> [indiscernible] governor bush: you have to ask
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for the vote one time and hope no one else does. >> thank you. thank you. governor bush: what is your business? what do you do? >> [indiscernible] governor bush: do have a card? [indiscernible] governor bush: they have had
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such a great program history. [indiscernible] >> pullback. >> [indiscernible] governor bush: i haven't given that any thought. >> he mused you didn't know one way or the other -- [indiscernible] what is the downside? governor bush: i am in the process of considering the things. the point was, you can repeal
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obamacare and take elements of it that are appropriate that have broad bipartisan support. for those that are concerned that if you kill obamacare and elements that have more universal support, you can put those things in a new law. >> what about denial of the existing condition? bush: that makes sense if you're trying to create a robust exchange or market. the pre-existing condition needs to be looked at. these are obtuse conversations on a friday night. >> do you know where you are in your decision-making process in running for president? governor bush: kind of wandering around, learning a lot. having fun doing it. >> [indiscernible] governor bush: just to get a sense of how it would be for the next two or three years.
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>> how are you going to separate yourself from your brother and your father? governor bush: going to events like this. >> you said you do not support raising the federal minimum wage? governor bush: it would create a loss of jobs and create another incentive -- it makes it harder for businesses to automate and harder for people to find jobs. we want more social economic mobility, not less. >> why not eliminate it then? >> [indiscernible] the thing the democrats are arguing, you decided what personal -- governor bush: i was way too busy to decide. >> what was personal and what was public. governor bush the governor's : office, the general counsel was part of that.
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it was a process that was based on the law itself. we complied with the law. all during this time, we have complied with the law, even in my post governorship. >> governor, you mentioned no child left behind, do you think house republicans should push forward with the reauthorization? it has been delayed. governor bush: i think they should, yeah. any chance on a policy initiative where the house can pass their version and the senate can get 60 votes and go to conference and present it to the president, as many items as possible to show that democracy works. let the president decide if he wants to participate or veto it. >> but this has been delayed partly because of conservative members of the house. governor bush: what i suggested , i think is the proper thing to , do. if you are concerned about the proverbial federal school districts then put
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, in the law prohibitions on what the federal government can do. >> biofuels? governor bush: which ones? >> would it cause you to look at the rdf? governor bush: the big increases are supposed to be in ethanol. >> the president said that they would like a legislative thing. governor bush: if the epa doesn't do what the law requires them to do, then congress should change it? >> congress should step in. governor bush: i apologize, i don't -- >> how do we end the gridlock?
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governor bush: leadership. is it possible to imagine -- we have had a pretty good run here. we have had more difficult times in our country's history, civil war, two world wars, the great depression. consensus seems to be forged during difficult times. we can do it again. it does not to be a perpetual food fight. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 16 2015. i hereby appoint the honorable tom emmer to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 6 2015, the chair will now recognize members fr


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